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Old 07-22-2013, 02:31 PM   #1
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Anyone heating with a Propex forced air unit?

I found these, looking for an eventual replacement for the gas wall furnace in the unit, or the portable electric unit we use while camping, and curious to know if anyone else is using one:

Propex HeatSource HS2000 6,500 BTU Forced Air Propane Heater 12 Volt

I read that 1k/btu/foot is the rule of thumb for heating a trailer, but I wonder to what degree, pun not intended. I like how small and elegant, and hopefully quiet this would be, would free up a ton of space where the wall unit is and be seamless. Thanks
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Too bad they are not LP/Elec, looks like a nice unit and very compact!
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I found these, looking for an eventual replacement for the gas wall furnace in the unit, or the portable electric unit we use while camping, and curious to know if anyone else is using one:

Propex HeatSource HS2000 6,500 BTU Forced Air Propane Heater 12 Volt
Ask around on one of the Westfalia or B-van boards since they are frequently used in small van conversions.

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I read that 1k/btu/foot is the rule of thumb for heating a trailer, but I wonder to what degree, pun not intended. I like how small and elegant, and hopefully quiet this would be, would free up a ton of space where the wall unit is and be seamless. Thanks
In my tests 1000 btu/h/foot will give you around an 80 degree rise with no wind. The propex in your setup is about 400 btu/h/foot which will give you about a 30 degree rise making the setup workable down to around 40 degrees.

As an example, I have a 5,000 BTU electric heater in my 30' trailer which is, in practice, good down to around 55 degrees.
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Thanks Jammer, that's great. For our purposes, a 30 degree rise would be fine- we're not going into the snow and 60 at night is fine
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I have one in my Eurovan. I commute to a hospital to work each weekend, and sometimes it is much easier to crash in the van. Propex has not let me down yet- going on three years.
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Thanks Thomdial, I was curious to hear from someone who actually has one. They seem robust, and the size would free up a bunch of space in our trailer.
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I can't really complain. The biggest hurdle for me was constructing a properly vented propane locker in the van. They actually use these a lot in Europe and the circuitry is quite advanced. It does really well in my small living space. The reason I went with the propex system was the very low amp draw. I use one battery in the van, and it lasts the weekend with about 16 hours of use.
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